The American Dream has often been defined as America’s promise of success and great wealth to anyone who is willing to work hard enough for it, regardless of their circumstances or the way they started out in life. If anyone can claim that her life epitomizes the American Dream, it is Oprah Winfrey. From her extremely humble origins, a tumultuous childhood and an adolescence filled with abuse, Winfrey has evolved into, arguably the most widely respected television personality at the helm of a multi-billion media empire.http://www.achievement.org/autodoc/page/win0bio-1 under editor Hugh Esten. Oprah Winfrey was born in Kosciusko, Mississippi in 1954 and spent her early childhood on her grandmother’s farm. At the age of three, she went to live with her mother in Milwaukee. Winfrey has claimed on her show that around this time she was repeatedly sexually molested by an uncle, a cousin, and friends of the family. As a young teenager, she ran away, spending some time in a juvenile detention center. This was a rough phase for her, as she became pregnant when she was just 14 years old and her son died shortly after birth. Finally, she went to Nashville to live with Vernon Winfrey, her strict, disciplinarian father. With her father, she was subject to a midnight curfew and required to read a book and write a report on it every week.The Esten-edited profile goes on to say that at 17, Winfrey made her first foray into broadcasting when she took a job at WVOL radio in Nashville. In two years, she crossed over into television as a co-anchor with WTVF-TV.